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This high-level seminar is aimed at the next generation of senior leaders at European research libraries. It has already been successfully completed by 80 library professionals.


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Cohort 6

Second SeminarThe second seminar of Cohort 6 will take place in 2-4 July, 2023 in Budapest, before the LIBER Annual Conference 2023 (5-7 July). The second seminar is the last part of the programme. Cohort 6 will be receiving an ELP certificates. Attendees are invited to the Leadership Alumni drink on Tuesday evening, during the Annual Conference.

First SeminarThe first seminar took place from 3 to 5 May 2022 at ENSSIB (École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques), Lyon.

Cohort 7

The call for Cohort 7 will open in summer 2024. The first seminar will take place in June/July 2025 (right before the Annual Conference, dates TBD)

More details will follow. 


Benefits of the Emerging Leaders Programme

Completing the programme will be a benefit not only to you, as an individual, but also to your library. Research libraries are subject to constant change and transformation, and this programme helps library staff to be well-equipped to deal with whatever new challenges are on their way whether digital, financial or societal.

How To Apply

Note that applications are currently closed.  The call for Cohort 7 will open in summer 2024, and the first seminar will be in June/July 2025 (day before the conference, dates tbd)

Download the below files (including the application form etc.). 

6th Cohort Announcement Strategic Presentation Seminar Goals Programme Important Information Application Form


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There are four main components:

  • A first 2-1/2 day seminar at a LIBER conference;
  • A year for mentorship, including a professional training placement at the mentor’s library (one week);
  • Action Learning during the year between the two courses. Delegates will ‘meet’ the members of their action-learning sets regularly by conference call;
  • A second seminar at a LIBER conference.

During the whole process, each delegate will also be assigned a mentor from a LIBER member library, providing a high-value and customized experience.


The programme costs for Cohort 7 will be announced soon.

LIBER does not charge VAT. Candidates are responsible for their own travel costs.


Focus Areas

  • Self-awareness; personal authenticity with a strong sense of values and identity.
  • Strategy; with a strong sense of purpose and direction.
  • Leading others; by inspiring and sustaining a high-performing team.
  • Getting the best from others; by developing the individual performance of colleagues.
  • Your future; through self-development, professional development and work/life balance.


In advance of the first course, delegates are expected to complete a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire and there will be some required reading. During the course, each delegate will complete an i-SWOT as a means to reflect on their personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to the challenges of the opportunities and threats likely to be presented in their current or next role. We will also play the Johari’s window ‘game’ of disclosure and feedback: what can you tell about yourself and what can others tell about yourself?

The approach will be sensitive to individual needs and conducted in a non-threatening way. It will be fun rather than uncomfortable!

Is It For Me?

The programme is aimed at people who are already in senior management positions and wish to do more to enhance their leadership qualities in preparation for the step up to the next big challenge – that of taking responsibility for leading an organisation through changing times. All successful candidates will be expected to have:

  • At least three years’ experience in a middle management level post in a LIBER member research library;
  • Working knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • Evidence of motivation to move to a senior management post within next three years;
  • Evidence of strong commitment to professional advancement;
  • Recommendation from Director of employing library;
  • Evidence of willingness and ability to undertake a short placement in a library in another LIBER library in a different country.

It is strongly recommended that candidates clearly stress these elements in their CV and covering letter. No extra document will be taken into account by LIBER’s assessment board.